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Throughout history numerous revolutions have occurred All of these revolutions have impacted the lives of people and changed the course of human history Whether it be introducing new mathematical ideas or failing to create the right government everyone is affected by these revolutions in some way Two specific revolutions The Scientific Revolution and The French Revolution had major effects on peoples lives whether they are positive or negative The Scientific Revolution has been defined as a major change in European thought starting in the mid-1500s in which the study of the natural world began to be characterized by careful observation and the questioning of accepted beliefs One cause of this revolution was the new ideas and beliefs of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes In the past people believed everything that was said to be true Francis Bacon began urging something he called empiricism which was observing and experimenting Rene Descartes began voicing his belief in that everything should be doubted until proved by reason Another belief from the past was the geocentric theory an earth-centered universe Nicolaus Copernicus disagreed with this belief He studied planetary movements for over 25 years and after careful observation came to the conclusion that the universe was sun-centered or heliocentric and that the stars the earth and other planets revolved around the sun This discovery was a major cause of The Scientific Revolution because it showed a new way of thinking about the natural world The Scientific Revolution has drastically affected peoples lives For one thing people no longer accepted what others told them but began thinking for themselves and experimenting and observing Scientists began developing new tools and instruments to make more precise observations With inventions such as the first microscope invented by Zacharias Janssen people were able to view things they had never seen before Anton van Leeuwenhoek used the microscope to observe grubs maggots and other related organisms His observations led to his discovery that those organisms
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